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I need hel choosing my soil?
i usaully use happy frog or ocieanic forest mix or i do a 50/50 mix of them.
I used to use a mix of coco peat, perlite, vermiculite, and worm castings. Always worked well
Happy Frog, Well ballanced. fluffy. Nutrient ready! A little steep. but hey if you want success, nothings free..... good luck.
I've been having great success with fox farm ocean forest for my current grow. I'm at 4 weeks flower now and I've only given her 2ml of bloom ferts (1ml for two waterings).
I'm currently using roots organic, I like it allot.
Happy Frog, Lowes, Home Depot and most Nurseries. Time release nutes, just add water and grow.
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Currently using John Innes No.2 & No.3
Perfect ph range 6.5 - 7.0 added perlite for drainage etc
Last edited by ChroniKz; 07-16-2012 at 07:29 AM.
this is just my opinion as it has worked great for me with a 100% sucess rate. i like to put my clones in a bubble cloner for about 10-14 days or untill they have good root mass going on. then plant in to Happy Frog 1 gallon containers for about 3-4 weeks. from there i go to 7 gallon smart pots with a 50/50 mix of Happy Frog and Fox Farms ocean Forrest with a couple cups or perlite to lighten up the soil a bit. both soils are ph balenced and are very forgiving about what the ph of the water u add to the plant. also if u are new at growing and u plan on not using nutes, these soils will get u through a harvest with what is in the soil by itself..merry growing!
^^^^To start off this guy knows what hes talking about. u can water with lemon juice and itll be 6.5(not really but damn its a good ph buffer!! lol) seriously water always comes out 6.5..which means your daughters are actually eating the dinner your serving. The smart pots are great idea ive got 8 plants shoved in tent all in 5 gals and roots are oozing out getting air pruned. less of the 7 gal would be better idea but the pots work very well. Keeps from overwatering being issue as well ive come to notice.
Ok heres some more info on whats needed for a good balanced soil mix. Its like building a house. You can have all kinds of expensive shit but if the foundation caves in whats the point? Dont waste your time money and effort by skimping out on important steps.
Start off with Happy frog as your base soil. Its got great basic stuff like composted forest humus, worm castings, bat guano, mycorrhizae(beneficial fungus&growth in the soil; do more research on this), humic acid, peat moss, and dolomitic lime which makes the ph 6.5 everytime. So that soil will be a good foundation for the "structure". I always start by mixing this stuff with a mix from a local nursery of peat moss, gypsum, chunky perlite and dolomitic lime to a 3/1 ratio of happy frog to local mix.
THen i immediately add in some extra chunky perlite to aid in the support and power of the root system(something to get traction or hold on to i guess you could say). Then i Add in some very good quality earthworm castings to equal 1/4 of the whole mixture so far. Next will be the Jamaican bat guano again i put in about 1/8 of the whole mix.
Now this part i highly recommend measuring as the others are very hard to over do. To ensure your soil is rich enough for the plant throught its life you will need a high concentration of these nutrients placed in the bottom 1/4 of your container your growing in as onces the roots are this deep it will be massive plant and need alot of food. I use a brand called "hi-yield" (most all stores have this) super phosphate, steamed bone meal and blood meal. THis will give you high P & K ratios which is needed for flower cycle.
Using a mix like this can provide you with a more "natural" mix in the sense that 1 the products are all organic and two you dont have to do anything but water it just like in nature. Itll make it really easy on you in the long run. All mixes and ratios can be tweaked to own personal likings or strain specific requirements.
Just know that this earth has existed for a long time. All of our forests, nature, flowers, etc didnt happen over night. Any soil mixture you come up with NEEDS to sit somewhere for atleast a month. Some say its not required and their right in a sense. But allowing it to sit and establish good microscopic growth will be very beneficial to establishing a good well rounded soil. All the nutrients also need time to break down. Because the plant cannot take them straight in, they have to be broken down and humic acid aids in this process.
Heres a link to the best "super soil" article ever; like baking a cake
Another thing i would recommend to you is looking at all of the stickies in the ORGANICS section. you will find all the best soil information and threads in that section of the site. Just do alot of reading there and you will answer your questions.
Last edited by l8lDANKl8l; 07-17-2012 at 08:03 PM.